There's nothing particularly original about this animated comedy adventure by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors). It has the standard fast-paced snarky tone and too-frantic imagery, but the script is smarter than average, dropping deranged lines of hilarious dialogue into every scene. This gives the conversations an improvisational quality that keeps the audience laughing all the way through, unsure what might happen next.
It's set 20 years after the storks decided that there wasn't enough money in delivering babies, so they shifted to delivering parcels instead. The boss Hunter (voiced by Kelsey Grammer) is now planning to become board chairman, so he brings in his protege Junior (Andy Samberg) as the new boss. To prove himself, Junior needs to sack Tulip (Katie Crown), an annoying human who was left behind when the old business closed. Unable to do this, Junior transfers her to a back mailroom where no one will notice her, except that she inadvertently fires up the baby factory by answering a request from Nate (Anton Starkman) to bring a brother to his parents (Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell). So now Junior and Tulip need to deliver this infant before Hunter finds out.
While the plot is fairly predictable, the way it plays out is riotous. The film is a barrage of random asides, unexpected twists and loveably ridiculous characters. A smarmy corporate spy called Pigeon Toady (Stephen Kramer Glickman) is amusingly smarmy, while a pair of bickering arctic wolves (Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele) add some snarling suspense, even though they're too funny to be scary. Everything is so energetic and colourful that it's difficult to mind that the plot makes very little logical sense. And the loose style of vocal performance gives the whole film a zing of comical anarchy.
Continue reading: Storks Review
Over the centuries Stalks have been entrusted to create and deliver human babies to their new families. Junior's father has built up a successful business with just those deliveries but profits aren't what they used to be and now Junior's father has decided to branch out into package delivery.
Junior is set to inherit the family business and all he has to do is get through the next 24 hours but his ride goes anything but smoothly after he accidently creates a new baby by mistake. Junior asks for help from Tulip, the only human working at Stalks & Co. Tulip is an orphan who's always wanted to find her real mother and father but in the meantime takes delight in helping others fulfil their dreams.
Along the way, Tulip, Junior and their special care package run into all sorts of problems, they're being chased by Pigeon Toady who thinks he knows an unauthorised baby is about to be imminently delivered and also a pack of stealthy wolves who can't decide if they want to eat or adopt the baby.
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It's been 13 years since the release of the Disney/Pixar hit Finding Nemo, and filmmaker Andrew Stanton has opted to make a spin-off instead of a direct sequel, shifting the perspective to recount the life story of the forgetful blue tang. Because it centres on a personal quest, it's a very different style of movie, which makes some of the action feel rather contrived. But the characters are still vivid and likeable, and it's packed with meaningful themes.
The film opens with young Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) being taught by her parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy) how to cope with her short-term memory problem. But she still gets lost. Then years later, after her adventure teaming up with Marlin (Albert Brooks) to help find his son Nemo (Hayden Rolence), she has a brief spark of memory and decides to find her family. Accompanied by Marlin and Nemo, Dory crosses the ocean to a California marine sanctuary, where they get separated. Dory gets help from cranky seven-tentacled Octopus Hank (Ed O'Neill), the perky whale shark Destiny (Kaitlin Olson) and a befuddled beluga whale (Ty Burrell). Meanwhile, Marlin and Nemo meet a pair of laddish sea lions (Idris Elba and Dominic West).
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Dory's past has always eluded her, she's a little forgetful fish whose bright character and warm heart make up for all the times she's got herself - and her friends - into trouble. Dory lives with Marlin and Nemo but now she wants to go out and find her real parents. Before she can begin her real adventure, Dory finds herself being scooped up and taken to a marine institute. Whilst in quarantine, Dory meets a whole host of new friends who instantly take to the little blue tang. Hank, the octopus, Bailey the white beluga whale and Destiny the whale shark are just a few creatures who will help her.
For Dory, her mission is quite clear, she must escape the confines of her new home and return to the ocean to find her family - whilst hopefully finding Marlin and Nemo once again too. Dory's new friends in the institute are eager to help Dory out however they can.
Finding Dory is the 2016 follow-up to the 2003 film Finding Nemo. Like the first film, it was written and directed by Andrew Stanton but this time directorial duties are in partnership with Angus MacLane.
Since Nemo and his father were reunited, the residents living in the coral off the great barrier reef have been the best of friends but Dory keeps on finding herself questioning her past. Now, everyone's favourite forgetful fish is about to set out on a mission to find her own parents.
As Nemo and Marlin are both all too aware of Dory's lack of oceanly experience, they feel that accompanying her on her mission is the only way to make sure she's safe. The two little clown fish and the blue tang soon find themselves in water that they're unfamiliar with.
Dory's search takes her to new locations outside of the ocean too, whilst at the Monterey Marine Life Institute the forgetful fish meets up with some friends - new and old.
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Ty Burrell - Celebirites attend the AMC celebration of the final 7 episodes of 'Mad Men' with the Black & Red Ball at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 26th March 2015
Meet the 'Modern Family' cast that the producers had originally wanted. We're pleased they didn't get their own way, because we can't imagine a better lineup than the one they have!
We can’t imagine a more perfect cast that the one that Modern Family already has. Every single of one of them has made the roles their own, almost like they were written with them in mind. So you’ll be surprised to hear that hardly any of them were the first choice for the parts! But who did the producers have lined up before the perfect cast finally came together?
Craig T. Nelson was first choice to play Modern Family patriarch Jay Pritchett
Family patriarch Jay Pritchett was originally pegged to be played by Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson. Best known for his role as Hayden Fox in Coach and as the voice of Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles, producers originally approached Nelson although his pay expectations were too high. Ed O’Neill, who the role eventually went to (and who just IS Jay) explained, “When I read [the script] I thought, ‘Oh boy, this is pretty good.’ And I called my managed and he said, ‘Well, they’re out to Craig T. Nelson.’” We’re grateful that they couldn’t afford Nelson because no-one plays grumpy good guy Jay Pritchard quite like Ed O’Neill. We're also sure that Nelson is kicking himself since Sofia Vergara could have been his onscreen wife! We wonder if he'd known that to begin with it would have made a difference?
The 'Modern Family' Season 5 finale (episode 24) saw Mitchell and Cam finally marry after episodes of arguing about budgets, decorations, guests and being moved from venue to venue.
Modern Family Season 5 finale saw Mitchell and Cam tie the knot! The couple have been desperately trying to compromise on wedding decorations and guests for the last few episodes with the budget becoming an issue. However, they finally managed to make it official after four venue changes, a ruined dress and another nearly ruined marriage!
Eric Stonestreet stars in Modern Family as Cam.
Here's a recap - warning: contains spoilers!
Continue reading: Modern Family Recap: Mitchell & Cam Tie The Knot In Season 5 Finale
The film did alright in box office chart, but not well enough to save Dreamworks' tanking profits.
DreamWorks’ Mr. Peabody & Sherman was widely known as one of the biggest flops of the first quarter this year, but Dreamworks took an even bigger hit than it was originally reported. According to Reuters, DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc reported a first-quarter loss, compared with a year-earlier profit. The poor numbers were apparently due to the low profits from Dreamworks animations’ biggest production this year, Mr. Peabody & Sherman.
Mr. Peabody and Sherman did alright at the box office, but not well enough to save Dreamworks profits.
According to the report, the studio had lost a net total of $42.9 million or 51 cents per share in the January 1 – March 31 period, compared with a profit of $5.6 million, or 7 cents per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 9.3 percent to $147.2 million.
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Where the 2011 reboot felt effortless in the way it recaptured that warmly anarchic Muppets humour, this sequel feels like it's working every step of the way. Yes, it's riotously silly and occasionally hilarious, but there are large chunks of the movie that just aren't funny at all, mainly because there's so much emphasis on the tangled web of a plot that the characters get lost in the shuffle.
It starts just as the last movie ended: the Muppets decide to do a sequel based on an idea from interloper Dominic (Ricky Gervais) to take their show on a world tour. But Dominic is actually in league with super-villain frog Constantine (Matt Vogel), who has just escaped from a gulag. So when the Muppet Show lands in Berlin, he orchestrates a swap: Constantine takes Kermit's place in the show, while Kermit (Steve Whitmire) is sent to Siberia under the watchful eye of guard Nadya (Tina Fey). Meanwhile, Interpol agent Jean-Pierre (Burrell) and CIA operative Sam Eagle (Eric Jacobson) are investigating a series of robberies mysteriously linked to Muppet performances in Berlin, Madrid and Dublin.
All of this builds to a head in London, where Constantine is staging an elaborate wedding to Miss Piggy (Jacobson) to distract from his real plan to steal the Crown Jewels. But this plot-strand feels predictable and limp compared to much more interesting character interaction. For example, scenes between Kermit and Fey are a lot more fun as they plan a musical revue with the inmates (and get Trejo and Liotta sing and dance!). And the escalating banter between Sam Eagle and Burrell is hilarious even as it indulges in cheap Euro-jokes.
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'Mr Peabody and Sherman' fought off some big hitters at the box office and it's not hard to see why.
'Mr Peabody and Sherman', a story about the world’s most extraordinary dog has become a extraordinary hit with moviegoers as its topped the weekend US box office chart after enjoying an equally successful UK run. The movie may not have received as much promotion as some of its mega box office rivals, but its managed to endear itself to audiences without as much help. So why is it we’re falling head over heels for this animated time travelling adventure?
Everybody Loves Peabody and Sherman!
The characters of super talented dog Mr Peabody and his adopted son Sherman started life on 1960s cartoon, 'The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show'. Peabody was a highly intelligent canine who invented a time travelling machine, the WABAC, to go on epic adventures with his ‘son’ Sherman. An unlikely tale, maybe, but one which captured the imagination of its early audience. Now in 2014 its been given a Hollywood update, which has mostly tried to stay true the original characters. This time the pair are taking on their most epic adventure yet, journey to help fix a hole in the universe which threatens to change history forever. If the fact that there’s a talking dog, who’s smarter than anybody you’ve ever met isn't enough. ‘Mr Peabody and Sherman’ also includes many characters and settings from history like you’ve never seen them before. Under the guidance of Mr Peabody we meet Sigmund Freud, King Tut, Mona Lisa and Leonardo Da Vinci, giving kids a quick history lesson as they enjoy the adventure.
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Julie Bowen, Ariel Winter, Eric Stonestreet, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland, Sofia Vergara, Ty Burrell and Screen Actors Guild - (l-r) Actors Aubrey Anderson-Emmons (L), Julie Bowen, Ty Burrell, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Ariel Winter, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet, Nolan Gould, Rico Rodriguez, and Sofia Vergara , Sunday 29th January 2012 at the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG Awards) held at The Shrine Auditorium - Press Room.
Date of birth
22nd August, 1967
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